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Hello, 2019: Revelry, reflection mark transition to new year

Updated : 2019-01-01 08:24:07

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world's most basic institutions, including political, trade and religious ones.

A look at how people around the world are ushering in 2019:

Image Credits: Reuters/ AP

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer takes a picture of a K-9 dog at Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer takes a picture of a K-9 dog at Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square, in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square, in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A steady rain, forecast to last for the rest of the evening, failed to dampen the spirits of the assembled multitudes, many of whom donned colourful, oversized top hats handed out by organizers. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A steady rain, forecast to last for the rest of the evening, failed to dampen the spirits of the assembled multitudes, many of whom donned colourful, oversized top hats handed out by organizers. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Miserable weather hasn't stopped revelers from packing Times Square for New York City's New Year's Eve celebration. New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Miserable weather hasn't stopped revelers from packing Times Square for New York City's New Year's Eve celebration. New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Party-goers were seen buying plastic ponchos to keep themselves dry. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Party-goers were seen buying plastic ponchos to keep themselves dry. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers wait for the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers wait for the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers wait for the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US. The tradition of watching a giant ball drop from a pole on top of the narrow building at the head of Times Square in midtown Manhattan began in 1907. December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Revelers wait for the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US. The tradition of watching a giant ball drop from a pole on top of the narrow building at the head of Times Square in midtown Manhattan began in 1907. December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A reveler takes a picture with her dog the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A reveler takes a picture with her dog the New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 31, 2018 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers secure Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers secure Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer secures Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer secures Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, US, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Revelers wait for midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square, as seen from above from the Marriott Marquis hotel, Monday, December 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Revelers wait for midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square, as seen from above from the Marriott Marquis hotel, Monday, December 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2019 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2019 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A group of yellow vest protesters holds a board reading People requires justice, and spectators arrive to attend the New Year's Day celebrations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Monday, December 31, 2018. Paris is preparing to hold its annual New Year's Eve celebrations on the Champs-Elysees under heavy security as some yellow vest protesters are planning to march on the famed avenue. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A group of yellow vest protesters holds a board reading People requires justice, and spectators arrive to attend the New Year's Day celebrations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Monday, December 31, 2018. Paris is preparing to hold its annual New Year's Eve celebrations on the Champs-Elysees under heavy security as some yellow vest protesters are planning to march on the famed avenue. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Filipinos cheer during a New Year countdown at the Eastwood Shopping Mall late Monday, December 31, 2018 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos welcome the New Year with the loudest noise possible including setting off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia's most violent celebrations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Filipinos cheer during a New Year countdown at the Eastwood Shopping Mall late Monday, December 31, 2018 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos welcome the New Year with the loudest noise possible including setting off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia's most violent celebrations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Performers take selfies at the end of a countdown to the new year event in Beijing, China, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Performers take selfies at the end of a countdown to the new year event in Beijing, China, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates a new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates a new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, December 31, 2018. (Brendan Esposito/AAP via AP)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, December 31, 2018. (Brendan Esposito/AAP via AP)
A woman prays in front of a wall of lanterns to celebrate the New Year at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman prays in front of a wall of lanterns to celebrate the New Year at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A worshipper prays as she takes her turn lying in a coffin at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, December 31, 2018. Worshippers believe that the coffin ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
A worshipper prays as she takes her turn lying in a coffin at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, December 31, 2018. Worshippers believe that the coffin ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
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